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* Japanese Prime Minister may visit Sri Lanka in early September
Fri, Jun 27, 2014, 07:15 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 27, Colombo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering visiting Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in early September, Kyodo News said Friday citing a government source.

Abe is expected to discuss Japan's candidacy for a 2016-2017 nonpermanent seat on the U.N. Security Council with the leaders of the two South Asian countries as only one member state from the Asia-Pacific region can win in each election and Bangladesh has expressed interest in contesting for a seat.

The Japanese PM hopes to agree with the leaders of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on the importance of the rule of law in light of China's bid to expand its maritime presence, the Kyodo News report said.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier this month told visiting chief of staff of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Admiral Katsutosi Kawano that he looks forward to a visit by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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